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The island of Rennell in the Solomon Islands is a destination for the intrepid. Lake Tegano, in UNESCO World Heritage listed East Rennell, is the largest lake in the Pacific and the centre of tourism activity. Rennell is home to several endemic species, including Bare-eyed White-eye, the Rennell Starling, the Rennell Fantail and the Rennell Shrikebill among others.
Rennell is the world's largest raised coral atoll at a size of 660 km². The island consists of raised coral limestone, dominated by Lake Tegano (Lake Tegano), a large brackish lake on the eastern half of the island. The western part of the island is a relatively flat landscape with rolling hills.
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Rennell experiences typical tropical humid weather with high, regular temperatures ranging from 23 °C to 32 °C. Annual rainfall on the island is somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 mm, with a dry period between May and June.
Rennell's airstrip is located in the flatter western half of the island. Solomon Airlines flies to the island twice a week with Twin Otters. For the average visitor, air travel is by far the most convenient option.
There are occasional boat services travelling to Lavanggu in Eastern Rennell. You can check the schedule at the Rennell Bellona Provincial office located on the 2nd floor of NPF Plaza in Honiara. The trip takes a day and a half from Honiara. Conditions on boats in the Solomon Islands are basic at best and sleeping on deck is the norm. Limited cabin space is also available.
There is only one road on Rennell and only several vehicles that drive along it. The 46-kilometre-long trip from the airstrip to Lake Tegano takes about 3 hours in good weather, providing all goes well. Transportation is in the back of a pickup truck - don't expect a cushy ride, the road is rough and the vehicle will likely be packed with other people.
Once you are settled in your village, most transportation will be by foot.
There are several lodges on Rennell, mostly around Lake Tegano, although there are also some options in West Rennell, near the airstrip.
|Tengano Lodge||Tengano Village, Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouseemail@example.com|
|East Rennell Homestay||Niupani Village, Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthousefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Henuagoto Lodge||West Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouseemail@example.com|
|Neitasi Eco Lodge||Tepaitahe Village, Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouse|
|Tahamatangi Eco-tourism Lodge||Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouse|
|Kiakoe Lakeside Lodge||Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouse|
|Moreno Guest House||Tigoa, West Rennell||Guesthouse|
|Nukuma'anu Guest House||Tigoa, West Rennell||Guesthouse||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kisa Home Stay||Tegano Village, Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouse|
|Mata’ake Lodge||Hutuna Village, Lake Tegano, East Rennell||Guesthouse|
The age of the internet has reached Rennell, thanks to the People First Network (PFnet), a non-profit organisation enabling affordable, sustainable rural connectivity in the Solomon Islands. There are stations in Hutuna and at the Henua Distance Learning Centre in Niupani, where emails can be sent for a nominal fee.
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